Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN

We enjoy trying new kitchen gadgets. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. Someone once told us that genius is simply a twist on the ordinary. That describes Post-it Notes. A simple note pad that sticks to a surface and can be removed without … Read More

Not always. In some cases, the canning process locks in nutrients and in other cases it can enhance the availability of nutrients. Canned blueberries contain more of the powerful antioxidant, anthocyanin, than either fresh or frozen. Canned salmon is richer in heart-healthy omega-3 fats and calcium than fresh. Canning releases health-promoting antioxidants. One half cup … Read More

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. When we received information on Fairlife Ultra-Filtered Milk, our first thought was milk is milk. What could be so special? Well, we were wrong. Fairlife is by far the creamiest, best-tasting … Read More

Sadly, many children today weigh too much and one in six are obese. Carrying too much weight increases the percentage of fat tissue more than its boosts lean body mass and overweight increases kidney size. All these factors have an impact on how a child’s body takes up medicine, where it is retained, and how … Read More

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. Chutney is a condiment with South Asian roots that arrived in England and France sometime in the early 1600s. Chutneys are a savory side meant to balance a dish and can … Read More

From an ecological and water conservation perspective, boiling a large pot of water and then dumping most of the water down the drain is pretty wasteful. Since most Americans eat close to 25 pounds of pasta each year, reducing the water or shortening the cooking time could be a huge conservation step. Harold McGee, who … Read More

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. Absolutely Gluten Free known for producing gluten free crackers, flatbreads and pizzas has recently introduced TahiniBars made of roasted sesame seeds and Raw Coconut Chews. TahiniBAR is a grab-and-go, 100-calorie, snack bar … Read More

Everyone knows yogurt is good for you – rich in calcium and live cultures (probiotics) that keep your immune system in top condition, but now a new study suggests the more yogurt eaten the lower your risk for heart disease.  A study in the American Journal of Hypertension looked at over 55,000 women (30 to … Read More

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf Tea not only is a unique brand but it has an interesting back story as well. Begun in 2014, Wize Monkey repurposes an underused part of the coffee … Read More

It’s hard to get people to eat more fruits and vegetables. Some refuse to give up their favorite fatty foods or desserts but switching from white bread to whole wheat bread isn’t that big a step and it will yield impressive health benefits. Research has shown the benefits of whole grains occur by simply switching … Read More